For the first time since the Cup Series began racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 1999, the series is competing at the South Florida track in a month other than November.
With the track no longer hosting the championship finale, drivers will face hot and humid conditions Sunday, completing a week that started with the series racing at Atlanta last Sunday and Martinsville on Wednesday.
Here are the details for Sunday’s race.
(All times are Eastern)
START: Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson will give the command to start engines at 3:44 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to be waved by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at 3:56 p.m.
PRERACE: Garage access health screening begins at 8:30 a.m. (teams are assigned specific times). Engine prime and final adjustments at 1:30 p.m. Drivers report to their cars at 3:20 p.m. The invocation will be given at 3:35 p.m. by former Jacksonville Jaguar Tony Boselli. The national anthem will be performed by three-time Grammy Award winner Jon Secada at 3:36 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is 267 laps (400.5 miles) around the 1.5-mile track.
STAGES: Stage 1 ends on Lap 80. Stage 2 ends on Lap 160.
PACE LAPS: At the direction of race control, we will run the entire field down pit road during one of our pace laps for pit road speed verification. If you stop anywhere on pit road for any reason you will start at the rear of the field.
COMPETITION CAUTION: Lap 25
TV/RADIO: Fox will televise the race. Its coverage begins at 3 p.m. Motor Racing Network will broadcast the race. Its broadcast begins at 2:30 p.m. and also can be heard at mrn.com and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
FORECAST: The wunderground.com forecast calls for thunderstorms with a high of 82 degrees and a 50% chance of rain at the race’s start.
STARTING LINEUP: Click here for Cup starting lineup
CATCHING UP TO SPEED WITH NBC SPORTS COVERAGE: